Via is shipping a Linux-friendly x86-compatible desktop processor, accompanied by a "Clean Computing Initiative" aimed at offsetting the chips environmental cost.
The C7-D clocks at 1.5GHz or 1.8GHz, and is shipping in an RoHS-compliant 21mm-square package.
Via calls the C7-D the first "carbon-free" desktop processor, promising that atmospheric carbon released during generation of the power needed to run the chip throughout its expected life-cycle will be offset by regional conservation, reforestation, and energy programs initiated or contributed to by Via.
The "initial offsets" for the C7-D will be worked out in cooperation with Carbon Footprint, a U.K. based "carbon footprint management specialist," Via says.
Additionally, Via says it will work with partners to build, certify, and promote carbon-free components, as well as entire carbon-free PCs.